Friday 27 September 2019

Online debut for Irish parish, mostly CoI, collection

This week's FindMyPast Friday has delivered a cracker of a collection for Irish family historians: the Irish Parish Register Archive, ffolliott Collection.

Rosemary ffolliott was a renowned genealogist, author and editor who worked for the Genealogical Office, was the first woman to be a Fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society, and founded her own journal, The Irish Ancestor, which was published from 1969–1986. She was also an enthusiastic gatherer and transcriber of newspaper BMD announcements and parish registers.

This new collection is online for the first time and is catalogued by FindMyPast as three distinct record sets holding a total of more than 366,000 records of baptism and confirmation, marriage and burial.

The vast majority are from Church of Ireland registers, and just under half of them are from County Cork parishes. Other well-represented counties are Limerick (69,033 records); Dublin (34,819) and Monaghan (20,338). At the other end of the count, there are no records for Counties Antrim, Carlow, Clare, Donegal, Fermanagh, Leitrim, LondonDerry and Roscommon. They span the 17th to 20th centuries.

Each search result provides a transcription and an image of Rosemary's original typed/hand-written transcription from the original or surviving registers.

Irish Parish Register Baptisms & Confirmations, ffolliott Collection: Nearly 120,000 transcriptions are in this collection, more than 57,000 of them from County Cork. The earliest date is 1625. Only 1,615 of the records are confirmations.

Irish Parish Register Marriages, ffolliott Collection: This collection is made up of just over 155,000 records dating from the 1640s to 1918. About 90% of them are from Counties Cork and Limerick alone.

Irish Parish Register Burials, ffolliott Collection: More than 95,000 records dating from the 1640s to 1931 are in this set. The largest single chunk (34,819 records) are from County Dublin, with 32,725 from County Cork.

1829 Sample of image from ffolliatt's Baptisms collection

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